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Jacquelyn G. Phillips Obituary
Pebble Beach, CA – Surrounded by her family, Jacquelyn Phillips passed away peacefully of natural causes. Jacquelyn is survived by her sons, Manning (Lucy), William (Nancy); grandchildren, Andy and Katie; and nephews, Eric, Kyle, and Kurt Lezue. She was the loving wife of Red Phillips for over 60 years, a devoted mother to her family, a cherished friend and beloved teacher in Pacific Grove for more than 30 years.
Born in Ames, Iowa, Jacquelyn grew up spending winter afternoons in the Carnegie Library where she developed a love for stories and the English language. While attending the University of Michigan, she met the love of her life, Red Phillips, a decorated WWII veteran. After graduation she moved to Tucson, AZ to begin teaching. Not wanting to lose Jacquelyn, Red transferred to the University of Arizona and they were married later that year. After Red's graduation they asked themselves "Where do we want to spend our lives?" The answer was California, and specifically San Francisco, where Jacquelyn put her love of words to work at the San Francisco Chronicle. It was there she was introduced to the musings of Herb Caen and the joy of fog. Life had settled into a wonderful cycle until Red was summoned back into service in the Korean War. Moving back to her parent's home in Iowa during the war did nothing to loosen the grip the Golden State had on Jacquelyn's heart. After the war a turn of fate landed them in Monterey County where they happily remained the rest of their lives.
After the birth of their second son, they settled in Pacific Grove where Jacquelyn made a loving home. A gracious hostess, everyone was welcome in her home, where her freshly baked bread or pies were legendary. Taking the boys in strollers to story time at the library was a favorite excursion. So strong was her belief that reading was a key to a well-lived life, she made sure both sons had their own library cards before they entered kindergarten.
Finding her passion in teaching, Jacquelyn taught at Forest Grove, Robert Down and PG Middle School, where she headed the English Department. While teaching, she earned a Master's degree in Bi-lingual Education from San Jose State University. Jacquelyn's students always knew she believed in them and in later years they would often recall how her kindness and encouragement helped them through a difficult time.
Red and Jacquelyn loved nature and spent many years bird watching, searching for elusive spring wild flowers, or a rare tree. The results of their adventures were often shared with longtime friend and mentor, Vern Yadon, the director of the Pacific Grove Museum. Retirement from teaching meant the chance for Jacquelyn to help care for her grandchildren, Andy and Katie, who brought her great joy and continued to fuel her sense of wonder and zest for life.
The family would like to extend sincere thanks Rita Roberts as well as the entire staff at Ava Maria for their loving care of Jacquelyn at the end of her life. A private celebration of her life will take place in April. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the City of Pacific Grove for specific use by the library or museum.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Apr. 25, 2014
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